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The Wood Pellet Association of Canada’s Safety Committee, in co-operation with WorkSafeBC and media partner Canadian Biomass magazine, are hosting a workshop on process safety bow tie analysis.

WPAC and WorkSafeBC are collaborating on supporting the wood pellet industry in implementing Process Safety Management (PSM). Bow tie analysis is a simplified way of understanding PSM.

Bow tie analysis is a method of predicting all the potential causes of catastrophic incidents – think major fires, explosions and loss of life – and putting in place critical controls to prevent such catastrophes from occurring. This analytic procedure takes its name from the shape of the diagram that is created, which looks like a men’s bow tie. A bow tie diagram does two things. First of all, a bow tie gives a visual summary of all plausible causes of a certain potential catastrophe. Second, by identifying critical control measures the bow tie displays what a company does to prevent those causes. In response to recent major incidents in the forest industry, both WorkSafeBC and the WPAC Safety Committee agree that adoption of bow tie analysis is an urgent priority for our industry.

This workshop will include an introduction to bow tie analysis and an opportunity for participants to gain hands-on experience by working in small groups under the direction of a facilitator to develop bow ties for some of the largest potential catastrophes that could occur in any of our plants.

This workshop should be of interest to plant operating personnel, senior management, safety personnel, engineers, insurance companies and safety equipment suppliers.

  • Wednesday, November 13th from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Prince George Civic Centre – 808 Canada Games Way, Prince George, B.C.
  • Participants will work in small facilitated groups to gain hands-on experience in creating bow ties for some major potential catastrophes that could occur in our industry.
  • Registration is $25+GST and includes a hot breakfast and lunch.
  • Sign up here.
For more information, contact Fahimeh Yazdan Panah, Director of Research and Technical Development
Tel: 1-778-990-2656 Email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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